The Knagges family is descended from the ancient Anglo-Saxons
who inhabited England
during the years before the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name is derived from the Old Danish and Old Norse "knag," meaning "rugged top of a hill."
Early Origins of the Knagges family
The surname Knagges was first found in Yorkshire
, where the Knagges family lived from ancient times. The progenitor of the name was most likely someone who lived near a crag.
Early History of the Knagges family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knagges research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1442, 1598, 1661, 1724, 1720, 1835, 1838 and 1839 are included under the topic Early Knagges History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Knagges Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Knagges are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Knagges include: Knaggs, Knagges, Knag, Knags, Knagg and others.
Early Notables of the Knagges family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Knagges family to Ireland
Some of the Knagges family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Knagges family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Knagges or a variant listed above: William Knaggs, who immigrated to Boston in 1817; Mary Knaggs, who emigrated from Ireland
to New York in 1817; Mary Knaggs, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852.